The fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League, which began at Dubai (UAE) on February 14, has successfully and peacefully concluded in Karachi on March 17 as Quetta Gladiators clinched their maiden title.
The Gladiators, who were the runners-up for the first two years in PSL, have now succeeded to become the champions after they won nine of their 12 T20 matches in the tournament.
In the final, they recorded a convincing eight-wicket win over Peshawar Zalmi after defeating them in all the previous encounters in the tournament – both the league matches and the Qualifier.
On individual basis, Shane Watson’s remarkable performance not only helped his team Quetta Gladiators lift the winning trophy but also he received awards for the Player-of-the-Tournament and the Best Batsman of the tournament.
Shane, who appeared in all 12 matches for his team, scored 430 runs (ave 43.00), the most by any batsman in the tournament. He made four fifties, with an unbeaten 91being his highest score.
The award for the best bowler of the tournament went to fast-medium pacer Hasan Ali for taking the most wickets in the event – 25 at an average of 13.64. He grabbed four wickets in an innings on three occasions which is also the most by any bowler in the tournament.
The highest total by any team in PSL-4 was 238/3 – scored by Islamabad United (vs Lahore Qalandars at Karachi on March 9) while the highest match aggregate (427 in 40 overs) was made in the same match.
The largest victory (by runs) was recorded by Peshawar Zalmi as they defeated Karachi Kings by 61 runs at Karachi on march 11 and the largest by wickets (eight) was achieved on four occasions, as detailed below:
1- Quetta Gladiators beat Multan Sultans at Sharjah on February 20,
2- Lahore Qalandars beat Quetta Gladiators at Dubai on February 27,
3- Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi at Abu Dhabi on march 4,
4- Quetta Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi at Karachi on March 17.
The highest individual score in the tournament was 127 not out, made by Colin Ingram of Karachi Kings against Quetta Gladiators at Sharjah on February 24. This was the first of the two individual hundreds scored in the event. The second was made by Cameron Delport (117 not out for Islamabad United vs Lahore Qalandars at Karachi on March 9).
The record for scoring the most half-centuries in the tournament is shared by three batsmen – Ahmed Shehzad and Shane Watson of Quetta Gladiators, and Imam-ul-Haq of Peshawar Zalmi. Each of them made four fifties.
Asif Ali of Islamabad United hit the most sixes in the tournament. He struck 26 sixes in 12 matches as the most sixes in an innings were smashed by Ingram. He hit eight sixes while playing for Karachi Kings against Quetta Gladiators at Sharjah on February 24.
The best bowling performance was displayed by pacer Faheem Ashraf of Islamabad United. He captured six wickets for 19 runs in four overs against Lahore Qalandars at Karachi on March 9.
The most feats of taking four or more wickets in an innings were achieved by Hasan Ali (thrice). His best bowling was four for 15, which he performed twice.
The most dismissals were made by wicketkeeper Ronchi. His victims were 11 (10 caught and one stumped) in 12 matches. He dismissed three batsmen of Quetta Gladiators at Abu Dhabi on March 5, which is the most by a wicketkeeper in an innings.
The fielder. who took the most catches in the tournament, was Kieron Pollard. He held 10 catches in 13 matches.
However, the record of taking the most catches in an innings is held by Babar Azam, who took four catches while playing for Karachi Kings vs Islamabad United at Karachi on March 14.